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2016


The Bridge - Spring 2016 - Community Newsletter

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School Board Meeting - December 2016

A School Board meeting will be held at the Professional Development Room, GIHS, 1100 Ransom Road, on Monday, December 12th. A building tour is scheduled for 6:00 p.m. in the High School. An anticipated executive session is at 6:30 p.m., and an anticipated public session is at 7:30 p.m. A finalized agenda can be found at www.grandislandschools.org.




School Board Meeting - November 2016

A School Board meeting will be held at the Professional Development Room, GIHS, 1100 Ransom Road, on Monday, November 28th. A building tour is scheduled for 6:00 p.m. in the Middle School. An anticipated executive session is at 6:30 p.m., and an anticipated public session is at 7:30 p.m. A finalized agenda can be found at www.grandislandschools.org.


Request For Proposal - May 2016

    The Board of Education of Grand Island Central School District, 1100 Ransom Road, Town of Grand Island, Erie County, New York 14072, invites the submission of proposals for: DRIVER EDUCATION ROAD INSTRUCTION.
    Submission of proposals may be sent to the above address, attention: Robert McDow, Assistant Superintendent of School Business and Finance, no later than Wednesday, November 30, 2016 at 10:00 am. Proposal information may be obtained at the District's Business Office at the above address between the hours of 8:30 AM thru 4:00 PM, Monday thru Friday.




School Board Meeting - November 2016

A School Board meeting will be held at Sidway Elementary School, 2451 Baseline Road, on Monday, November 14th. A building tour is scheduled for 6:00 p.m. An anticipated executive session is at 6:30 p.m., and an anticipated public session is at 7:30 p.m. A finalized agenda can be found at www.grandislandschools.org.




School Board Meeting - October 2016

A School Board meeting will be held at Kaegebein Elementary School, 1690 Love Road, on Monday, October 24th. A building tour is scheduled for 6:00 p.m. A Board of Education Recognition is at 6:30 p.m. an anticipated executive session is at 7:00 p.m., and an anticipated public session is at 7:30 p.m. A finalized agenda can be found at www.grandislandschools.org.




School Board Meeting - October 2016

A School Board meeting will be held at Huth Road School on Monday, October 3rd. A building tour is scheduled for 6:00 p.m. Administrator meeting is at 6:30 p.m. an anticipated executive session is at 7:00 p.m., and an anticipated public session is at 7:30 p.m. A finalized agenda can be found at www.grandislandschools.org.




School Board Meeting - September 2016

A School Board meeting will be held at ECO Island, 3325 Staley Road on Monday, September 26th. A building tour is scheduled for 6:00 p.m. Anticipated executive session is at 6:30 p.m., and an anticipated public session is at 7:30 p.m. A finalized agenda can be found at www.grandislandschools.org.




Superintendent Meet & Greet - September 2016

A "Meet & Greet" with new School Superintendent Brian Graham, Ed.D will take place on Monday, September 12th at the Grand Viking Theater at the high school. There will also be tours of the new Technology Wing:
Tour 1: 3:45pm - 4:15pm
Tour 2: 4:30pm - 5:00pm
Tour 3: 5:15pm - 5:45pm
Tour 4: 6:00pm - 6:30pm




School Board Meeting - September 2016

A School Board meeting will be held at the Professional Development Room at the Grand Island Senior High School, 1100 Ransom Road on Monday, September 12th. Anticipated executive session is at 6:30 p.m., and an anticipated public session is at 7:30 p.m. A finalized agenda can be found at www.grandislandschools.org.




School Board Meeting - August 2016

A School Board meeting will be held at the Professional Development Room at the Grand Island Senior High School, 1100 Ransom Road on Monday, August 22nd. Anticipated executive session is at 6:30 p.m., and an anticipated public session is at 7:30 p.m. A finalized agenda can be found at www.grandislandschools.org.




School Board Meeting - August 2016

A School Board meeting will be held at the Professional Development Room at the Grand Island Senior High School, 1100 Ransom Road on Monday, August 8th. Anticipated executive session is at 6:30 p.m., and an anticipated public session is at 7:30 p.m. A finalized agenda can be found at www.grandislandschools.org.




School Board Meeting - July 2016

A School Board meeting will be held at the Professional Development Room at the Grand Island Senior High School, 1100 Ransom Road on Monday, July 25th. An anticipated executive session will take place at 6:30 p.m., and an anticipated public session is at 7:30 p.m. A finalized agenda can be found at www.grandislandschools.org.




Board of Education Retreat - July 2016

The Grand Island Board of Education will hold a retreat in the District Office Conference Room on Wednesday, July 20th from 6:30 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.




Notice of Reorganizational & Regular Meeting - July 2016

A Reorganizational & Regular Meeting will be held by the School Board at the Professional Development Room at the Grand Island Senior High School, 1100 Ransom Road on Monday, July 11th. An anticipated executive session will begin at 6:30 p.m., with anticipated public session at 7:00 p.m. A finalized agenda can be found at www.grandislandschools.org.




Notice of Special Meeting - June 2016

A Special Meeting will be held by the School Board at the Professional Development Room at the Grand Island Senior High School, 1100 Ransom Road on Thursday, July 7th. An anticipated executive session will begin at 6:31 p.m., with anticipated adjournment at 9:00 p.m. A finalized agenda can be found at www.grandislandschools.org.




School Board Meeting - June 2016

A School Board meeting will be held at the Professional Development Room at the Grand Island Senior High School, 1100 Ransom Road on Monday, June 20th. A retiree/tenure reception will take place at 6:00 p.m., followed by an anticipated executive session at 6:45 p.m., and an anticipated public session is at 7:30 p.m. A finalized agenda can be found at www.grandislandschools.org.




School Board Meeting - May 2016

A School Board meeting will be held at the Professional Development Room at the Grand Island Senior High School, 1100 Ransom Road on Monday, May 23rd. An anticipated executive session will begin at 6:30 p.m., and an anticipated public session is at 7:30 p.m. A finalized agenda can be found at www.grandislandschools.org.




GICSD Budget and School Board Results - May 2016

Proposition 1 - $60,977,971 Budget - Yes - 936 No - 536
Proposition 2 - $646,327 Buses - Yes - 918 No - 521
Board of Education Seats - Lisa Pyc - 914 - Donna Tomkins - 833 - Dawn Lawley - 775




Meet the Candidates Night - May 2016

The Grand Island PTA Council sponsored a "Meet the Candidates Night" on Thursday, May 12th at the High School Professional Development Room from 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. See video. Thanks to Mark Gorton for providing the video.


Graham Named Superintendent for Grand Island Central School District - May 2016

   On Tuesday, May 10, the Grand Island Central School District Board of Education unanimously appointed Brian Graham, Ed.D.as the new school superintendent effective July 1, 2016. Mr. Graham currently serves as the assistant superintendent of pupil personnel services for West Seneca Central School District. Mr. Graham's 30 year career has been dedicated to education, with approximately 14 years spent in a leadership role with West Seneca Central School District. In addition, Mr. Graham has served as an adjunct professor at Daemen College, a special education teacher for Alden Schools and Heritage Centers.
   Mr. Graham earned his doctorate in educational leadership from D'Youville College and his master’s degree in special education from Buffalo State College. His certifications include New York State School District Administration, New York State School Administration/Supervision, New York State Special Education (N-21) and New York State Elementary Education (K-6). The board approved a contract for Mr. Graham at its May 10, 2016 meeting. The contract is effective July 1, 2016 to June 30, 2019.




Special School Board Meeting - May 2016

The Board of Education has announced a meeting will be held at the Professional Development Room at the Grand Island Senior High School, 1100 Ransom Road on Monday, May 10th at 8:00 p.m. in a public session to appoint a new Superintendent of Schools.




Meet the Candidates Night - May 2016

The Grand Island PTA Council is sponsoring a "Meet the Candidates Night" on Thursday, May 12th at the High School Professional Development Room from 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. See flyer.




School District Budget Vote - May 2016

The Grand Island School District Budget Vote is Tuesday, May 17th at the GI High School gym from 8:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m. 2016-2017 Budget Brochure
  • Vote Proposition No. 1 - $60,977,971 budget for 2016-2017
  • Vote Proposition No. 2 - $646,327 for school buses and vehicles
  • Vote for two members for Board of Education: Donna Tomkins, Dawn Lawley, Lisa Pyc
    Meet the Candidates - Thursday, May 12, 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. at GIHS Professional Development Room.




    School Board Budget Hearing & Regular Meeting - May 2016

    The Board of Education has announced a meeting will be held at the Professional Development Room at the Grand Island Senior High School, 1100 Ransom Road on Monday, May 9th, an anticipated executive session will begin at 6:00 p.m., a budget hearing at 6:30 p.m. and a regular meeting immediately following hearing. A finalized agenda can be found at www.grandislandschools.org.




    School Board Special Meeting - May 2016

    The Board of Education has announced a special meeting will be held at the Professional Development Room at the Grand Island Senior High School, 1100 Ransom Road on Monday, May 2nd, an anticipated executive session will begin at 6:31 p.m., with an anticipated adjournment at 9:00 p.m. A finalized agenda can be found at www.grandislandschools.org.




    School District Absentee Ballot Information - April 2016

    On Tuesday, May 17, 2016, Grand Island residents will have the opportunity to cast their ballots for the school district budget/trustee vote. For those voters who qualify, absentee ballots will be available. See details.




    School Board Meeting - April 2016

    A School Board meeting will be held at the Professional Development Room at the Grand Island Senior High School, 1100 Ransom Road on Tuesday, April 19th, an anticipated executive session will begin at 6:30 p.m., and a public session at 7:30 p.m. A finalized agenda can be found at www.grandislandschools.org.




    School Board Meeting - April 2016

    A School Board meeting will be held at the Professional Development Room at the Grand Island Senior High School, 1100 Ransom Road on Monday, April 4th at 7:30 p.m. A finalized agenda can be found at www.grandislandschools.org.




    School Board Candidates Sought to Fill Two Seats - March 2016

       Candidates interested in a seat on the Grand Island Board of Education must file nominating petitions with District Clerk Janet Schuster by 4:00 p.m. on Monday, April 18, 2016. Thirty three (33) valid signatures of district residents are required on a petition. Forms are available at the district office located at 1100 Ransom Road from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. weekdays beginning March 21, 2016. The two (2) available seats are for three-year terms. The qualifications to run for the Board of Education are: (1) you must be a citizen of the United States; (2) you must be at least 18 years of age; (3) you must be a resident of the district for one year prior to the election; and (4) you must be able to read and write. The School Board election and budget vote will be held from 8:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m., May 17, 2016 in the High School Main Gym.




    School Board Meeting - March 2016

    A School Board meeting will be held at the Professional Development Room at the Grand Island Senior High School, 1100 Ransom Road on Monday, March 14th. A Middle School Building tour will begin at 6:00 p.m., an anticipated executive session will begin at 6:30 p.m., and an anticipated public session is at 7:30 p.m. A finalized agenda can be found at www.grandislandschools.org.




    Superintendent Search Update - March 2016


    GRAND ISLAND, NY - The search for Grand Island's future school superintendent is well underway. Applications for the superintendent position have been received by Dr. Lynn Marie Fusco, Grand Island's search consultant and district superintendent of Erie 1 BOCES. The Board is moving on to the next steps in the process. The Board will review the applications on March 1 and will then conduct preliminary interviews on March 12. Final full-day interviews will be conducted on April 11, 12 and 14.
        Dr. Fusco will be reaching out to leaders in our educational community to assemble interview teams that represent members of our community, faculty and staff for the full-day interviews. It is not too late to express your interest to participate in the process. If you are interested in participating on the community team, please contact Lisa Pyc via lisapyc@grandislandschools.org .
        The community survey has also been tallied. Nearly 250 responses were received. Parents with students in the district accounted for approximately 48% of the responses, followed by 33% district employees, 9% community members without school aged children, 4% parents with students enrolled in other schools and 2% current student responses. Through the survey, we have learned that being active in the community, willing to commit to the district, and being visible and accessible are among the qualities that are most valued and sought in the next district leader. The District thanks all who completed the online survey; the input will prove valuable to the Board as the process continues.




    Special School Board Meeting - March 2016

    A Special School Board meeting will be held at the Professional Development Room at the Grand Island Senior High School, 1100 Ransom Road on Tuesday, March 1st . An anticipated executive session is at 6:31 p.m. Video conferencing will be used as part of this meeting for Donna Tomkins. The location of the participant will be 801 Snug Island, Cleatwater, FL. A finalized agenda can be found at www.grandislandschools.org.




    Joint School/Town Board Meeting - February 2016

    A Joint School/Town Board meeting will be held at the Grand Island Town Hall on Monday, February 29th at 7:00 p.m.. A finalized agenda can be found at www.grandislandschools.org.




    School Board Meeting - February 2016

    A School Board meeting will be held at the Professional Development Room at the Grand Island Senior High School, 1100 Ransom Road on Monday, February 22nd. An anticipated public session is at 7:30 p.m. Video conferencing will be used as part of this meeting for Donna Tomkins and Lisa Pyc. The locations of the participants will be 801 Snug Island, Cleatwater, FL and 1800 Southeast St. Lucie Blvd., Stuart, FL. A finalized agenda can be found at www.grandislandschools.org.




    School Board Meeting - February 2016

    A School Board meeting will be held at the Professional Development Room at the Grand Island Senior High School, 1100 Ransom Road on Monday, February 8th. A High School Building tour will begin at 6:00 p.m., an anticipated executive session will begin at 6:30 p.m., and an anticipated public session is at 7:30 p.m. A finalized agenda can be found at www.grandislandschools.org.




    School Board Meeting - January 2016

    A School Board meeting will be held at the Professional Development Room at the Grand Island Senior High School, 1100 Ransom Road on Monday, January 25th. An anticipated executive session will begin at 6:30 p.m., and an anticipated public session is at 7:30 p.m. A finalized agenda can be found at www.grandislandschools.org.




    School Board Superintendent Qualifications Survey - January 2016

       The Grand Island Central School District Board of Education is seeking input about the personal qualities, leadership characteristics, experiences, skills and qualifications that you most value in a Superintendent of Schools. Please share your thoughts by completing a brief survey before January 25, 2016. The survey is anonymous and all staff, students, parents, civic and community group leaders, administrators, and Grand Island residents are encouraged to participate. The data collected will assist the Board of Education with the selection of Grand Island's new superintendent. The survey may be found by clicking here.




    School Board Meeting - January 2016

    A School Board meeting will be held at the Professional Development Room at the Grand Island Senior High School, 1100 Ransom Road on Monday, January 11th. A meeting with Huth Road administration will begin at 6:00 p.m., an anticipated executive session will begin at 6:30 p.m., and an anticipated public session is at 7:30 p.m. A finalized agenda can be found at www.grandislandschools.org.